10 Lessons From My Father That Have Lead To Success In Business

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On Father’s Day children send a funny card or buy a silly tie for their dad. I find that I reflect on the incredible things my Father taught me as I’m contemplating a popcorn purchase or when I hear “Rubberband Man” on the radio. While the value and love he brought to me would take eons to capture, I’ve selected 10 lessons I revert to regularly.

1. Loyalty is an important quality, but always choose to be loyal to yourself.
2. Never play on a swing set during a thunderstorm. It is ok though, to set off fireworks from a woodpile.
3. Always back-up your work. You never know when the power is going to go out or your computer will crash. 315014_1502949031279_1264115639_n
4. Using a Fisher-Price picnic table as a diving board into a baby pool is frowned upon. However, if you happen to venture into the deep end of a pool before you can swim, Dad will jump in fully clothed to fish you out.
5. A science fair project on hamster food can win top honors if you know how to present your work and demonstrate value. Communicate clearly and tell a good story. People will always gravitate towards confidence.
6. There are many events in life that will cause you to grieve. During those times, surround yourself with family and find reasons to laugh inappropriately.
7. Accidents happen, even car accidents … even multiple car accidents. Dad will still love you.
8. Serving your country is an honor. Serving your family is a privilege.
9. Invest time into learning the “why” of something. Always be curious.
10. Sometimes you just need to work harder.

I was fortunate to grow up with a Father that supported my Mother in her career. He pushed me to want nothing but the absolute best. He coached me, mentored me, and loved me. He still does all of those things. He’s still one of the first calls I make when struggling with difficult business decisions or complicated project problems. I believe it’s these reasons that he’s had a successful career. I know these qualities translate into his work. These are the qualities I’ve looked for in the men I’ve worked with. Men that recognize the value women bring to an organization. Men that support, encourage, and mentor young women entering the workforce. Men that are leaders. Once again I can a see parallel between business and family. Strong Fathers are leaders and teachers.

What are some inadvertent business lessons you’ve learned from your Dad?

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Marilyn Cox

Marilyn Cox is the Director of Marketing for Second City Works - the B2B division of the famed Second City.

You know the buzzwords; inbound, outbound, content, demand gen, lead gen, martech, social media, account-based, advocacy, customer success, sales enablement, and analytics.She studies it, plans it, executes it, experiments with it, and loves it.

Through discovery, creation, and innovation she's learned to say "Yes, And".Like business, her career is one big improvisational act.

She leads all aspects of the brand and culture, developing and executing a clearly defined, integrated marketing communications strategy.Marilyn is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all marketing functions to achieve objectives of growth, awareness, customer success and making work better.

Marilyn exists to empower sales and support the customer. When not geeking out over marketing analytics, she can be found daydreaming about her unrealized dream as a professional wrestler with the WWE.
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